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The Gela constituency in the Central Islands Province has elected a new Member of Parliament following a successful by-election last Wednesday.
He is Johnley Tekiou Hatimoana who polled a total of 2,193 votes ahead of closest rival, Bartholomew Parapolo who polled a total of 1033 votes.
Formally announcing the result on Friday, Governor General Sir Frank Kabui congratulated Hatimoana for his successful victory and wished him well for the next one and half years as Member of Parliament for the people of Gela.
Hatimoana dedicated his victory to the people of Gela for having the trust and confidence in him to represent them in parliament.
“This victory is the people’s victory. I dedicate this victory to the people of Gela and thank them for putting their trust in me to represent them in parliament,” he said immediately after his victory.
The Gela by-election becomes necessary following the imprisonment of former MP Mark Kemakeza for embezzling constituency funds.
Kemakeza, who has since been released from prison, did not re-contest. Ten candidates contested the Gela by-election.
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